NASCAR, EPA work to get the lead out of racing
JOLIET, Ill. -- Kyle Petty believes whether NASCAR is moving fast enough to unleaded fuel depends on which side of the tree line you're on.
Stewart's dominant run hits the wall Friday at Chicagoland
JOLIET, Ill. -- After leading the most laps in each of the past three races and jumping seven positions in the standings during that stretch, Tony Stewart's domination hit the wall Friday.
Kenseth: Three top-11 finishes signal turning point to dismal season
JOLIET, Ill. -- Matt Kenseth knows it will take a lot more than a couple top-10 finishes to get back into the race for the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
Racing newsmaker: Adrian Fernandez
Former Indy-car driver Adrian Fernandez made his stock-car debut earlier this year in the Busch Series race at Mexico City. This weekend, he will make his oval-track debut in a stock car at the Chicagoland Speedway.
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What do you do when disaster strikes your small business?
NEW YORK -- With the Atlantic hurricane season under way, many small business owners in the paths of tropical storms undoubtedly will find themselves coping with serious damage that can shut their companies down.
English degree can translate into opportunity
Why don't you major in something useful?
Kevin Morrissey joined AE2S -- Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services Inc. -- in its Geographic Information Systems team.
Pine River firm volunteers in Voyageurs National Park
PINE RIVER -- Caltha LLP, a Pine River environmental consulting firm, has been supporting a volunteer program to conduct environmental testing and develop cleanup plans for Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota.
Reeds relies on expertise, service
Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters is reeling in business and new, not unexpected, competition in the lakes area is helping the store emphasize what its owners feel makes it different.
On Page 10B Wednesday, Johnathan Valesano's name was misspelled in the list of Brainerd High School juniors who made the "A" honor roll.
Family of Christ lists honor roll
The following students at Family of Christ Lutheran School were named to the 4th quarter honor roll.
Central Lakes College announces spring honors list
Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, has awarded 601 students recognition for academic honors during the spring semester at the community and technical college.
PILLAGER HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
A honor roll
Pequot Lakes High School honor roll
A honor roll
Todd County seeks help on theft
Michael Zimmerman Thursday reported the theft of a blue 2000 Yamaha Banshee, Sony CD player and Cobra CB from his shed on Red Pine Road, the Todd County Sheriff's Office reported.
STAPLES -- The Region Five board will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Region Five office in Staples.
Motorcycle hits deer, injures driver
OGILVIE -- Michael Cairns, 42, Pierz, suffered minor injuries when the motorcycle he was driving crashed with a deer on Highway 47, nine miles north of Ogilvie, the State Patrol reported.
Staples City Council
Meets 7 p.m. Tuesday
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
Meth cases keep Aitkin officers busy
AITKIN -- In June, the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office arrested nine people on drug charges all related to methamphetamine.
Head-on crash in Pequot Lakes kills one
PEQUOT LAKES One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash at 11:15 p.m. Friday on Highway 371 on the north end of Pequot Lakes, the State Patrol reported.
Explore four Bay Lake area homes
CROSBY -- A summer cottage, a contemporary cottage and two country homes will be featured in the fourth annual Bay Lake Area Tour of Homes on July 29-30.
Tips offered to plan an at-home wedding and reception
The two bywords for planning an at-home wedding and reception seem to be comfort (for your guests) and courtesy (for your neighbors).
Long car trips with children don't have to be miserable; give them something to do
A Kids Car Organizer XL that holds snacks, videos and toys in a sensible way so kids can find what they're looking for without needing the driver to reach back to help them.
Having trouble getting your kids outside during the warm summer months? Watch for tips in the latest issue of
Brooke wants a mentor for birthday present
Do you remember the feelings of birthday anticipation you experienced as a child (and hopefully still today)?
A book for monetary bliss
Like writing post-nuptial thank-you notes, the book can seem a little overwhelming if you try to tackle it all in one sitting. Better to take it bit by bit -- and if you do nothing else, spend an afternoon filling out the budget worksheet on page 85. Seeing what's coming in (after taxes), what's going out (mortgage, gym memberships) and what's left (eek) is an eye-opening experience -- one you'll likely remember as well as your anniversary date.
Higher minimum payments on credit cards could squeeze some consumers
NEW YORK -- Don't be surprised if the minimum payment on your credit card suddenly goes up.
ST. PAUL -- Sen. Paul Koering, R-Fort Ripley, credited Morrison County commissioners Tom Wenzel and Bill Block with helping win passage of a bill that will correct an inequity in county tax revenue collection. The two men testified in favor of the bill this year.
Willmar 'has been good to me,' worker says
WILLMAR -- About 43 years ago Mike Waldner moved to Willmar from South Dakota to work for a construction firm.
Child rescued from South Long Lake
The Crow Wing County Water Patrol and law enforcement officers rushed to respond to the report of a possible child drowning on South Long Lake Friday afternoon, but the water patrol was canceled when the 4-year-old was found and taken from the lake breathing.
Cheryl Benjamin of Pierz gave her 2-year-old daughter Becca a ride Thursday across Whipple Beach on a blanket after an afternoon of swimming.
City hopes for commitment from Baxter by Aug. 15
BAXTER -- The city of Brainerd is hoping for a commitment from Baxter by Aug. 15 on whether it will participate in Brainerd's wastewater treatment facility expansion.
Witness describes messages from accused school shooter
ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The teen accused of killing two classmates in September 2003 at Rocori High School in Cold Spring sent several increasingly odd e-mails to a classmate, the girl testified Friday.
Bombings shock Brainerd pastor just home from UK
"I'm very shocked and saddened," the Rev. Deborah Celley, pastor at United Church of Christ in Brainerd, said Thursday in response to the bombings in London.
Fore! Cypress extension may be coming
BAXTER -- Baxter city officials see the possible development of the Pine Meadows Golf Course property as an opportunity to build a road to alleviate traffic congestion in the commercial district before the development occurs.
A 'vacation' workers didn't want
Summer breaks are usually a time to relax, but for state employees last week's vacation was forced on them with the partial government shutdown.
This was Brainerd
JULY 8 - 40 years ago (1965) - All the thrill and excitement of the big time was in evidence at Gregory Park as youngsters turned out at a turtle race, a pet show and a frog jumping contest.
WILLMAR: A city that works together the All-America way
WILLMAR -- It was like the Academy Awards.
Nystrom seeks to keep board seat
A pharmacist, Bob Nystrom has filed for re-election to the Brainerd School Board.
Little Falls man dies after being hit by motorcycle
LITTLE FALLS -- A 49-year-old Little Falls man was killed Wednesday after he was struck by a motorcycle while walking across a street in Little Falls, the Little Falls Police Department reported.
Sorensen named Brauer Award recipient
Debbie Sorensen was named the 2005 Ginger Brauer Award recipient at the annual Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure July 2.
A Page 1A brief Tuesday incorrectly listed the band line winners from the Brainerd Fourth of July parade. First City Pipe Band from Bemidji earned first place and the Brainerd High School marching band earned second place in the band line category.
Welcome Center tours, activities set Monday
The Brainerd Lakes Area Welcome Center will host an open house Monday.
Light is out
A Brainerd Police Department officer investigated a motor vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon which resulted in a light pole sheared at the corner of Sixth and Laurel streets in Brainerd.
"If you're an incumbent -- I don't know who the good guys are and the bad guys are -- you gotta go."
Body of Lake Winnie boater recovered
The body of Kevin Finn, a 41-year-old Cass Lake man who had been missing in Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena since Sunday, was found Thursday night.
Tough summer for jackpines
Is that jackpine in your yard looking a bit stressed, with reddish needles or a bare crown? It could be infested with jackpine budworms.
County highway building bids please Blanck
Bid openings for the Crow Wing County Highway Department brought welcome news and helped bridge the gap between what was budgeted and the estimated building costs.
The McKnight Foundation recently awarded 131 grants totaling $37,494,900 in its second-quarter 2005 grantmaking.
"You have to go about your life. If you live in fear you can't live at all."
This was Brainerd
JULY 10 - 40 years ago (1965) - Dave Gumlia, an amateur and captain of the University of Minnesota Golf team, has repeated as champion of the Minnesota State Open Golf Tournament. The victory by Gumlia, a native of Crosby, was the fourth for an amateur in the state open in the past five years.
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Chester 'Chet' Moen
FIFTY LAKES -- Chester "Chet" Moen, age 86, of Fifty Lakes, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at his home. Funeral services will be Monday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Outing with the Rev. Robert Atte officiating. Friends may visit Sunday, July 10, from 6-8 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake and at the church on Monday during the hour prior to services. Interment will be at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.
Troy D. Witthuhn
PEQUOT LAKES -- Troy D. Witthuhn, 37, of Pequot Lakes, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2005, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. He was born on Oct. 21, 1967, in Wadena, Minn., to Randall and Haroldene (Johnson) Witthuhn.
DEERWOOD -- Agnes Garlinghouse, 85 of Deerwood died on Friday, July 8, 2005, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Donald J. Gilman
FIFTY LAKES -- Donald James Gilman, age 62, of Fifty Lakes, died Tuesday, July 5, 2005. He was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Chicago. Donald served in the United States Marines and was honorably discharged on Oct. 31, 1967. He was a Pine River High School student and also attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia for two years. He was a member of Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, Minn.
NISSWA -- Joey Jordan, age 16, resident of Nisswa, died Friday, July 8, 2005.
Charles Hauer, age 89, resident of Brainerd, died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
FIFTY LAKES -- Chester Moen, age 86, of Fifty Lakes, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at his home. Arrangements are pending with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.
PINE RIVER -- Eric Gilmer, age 35, of Pine River, left his family and friends for his Creator due to an automobile accident of July 6, 2005. Eric was born in San Francisco on Aug. 13, 1969, to James and Tyna Gilmer. The family moved to Pine River in 1978. He graduated from Pine River High School and Brainerd Vocational Technical School. He lived in Bend, Ore., until 1999 when he returned to Pine River.
LITTLE FALLS -- Curtis Stangl, age 49, of Little Falls, Minn., died Wednesday, July 6, 2005, after being struck by a motorcycle.
Frances A. Yorek
LITTLE FALLS -- Frances A. Yorek, age 87, of Little Falls, Minn., and formerly of Bowlus, Minn., passed away Thursday, July 7, 2005, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
PILLAGER -- Helene Kelcher, 70, of Pillager, died Monday, July 4, 2005, following a motor vehicle accident near Deerwood. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 9, at 1 p.m. at Merrifield Community Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Larry Harshman officiating. Friends may visit at the church from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be private.
Keith W. Ness
Keith Warren Ness, 65
Plans afoot to reestablish the Odd Fellows Lodge
There has been interest in past year to reestablish an Odd Fellows Lodge in Brainerd. On Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at 7 p.m. there will be an open house at the Brainerd Public Library. Anyone 16 and older is eligible to join the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. The open house will be an informational meeting to learn about programs the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have on a local, state, and national level. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs sponsor programs for the visually impaired; arthritis research; world hunger and disaster fund; youth camps and recreational facilities; educational scholarships; geriatric care and homes for seniors and many more. One of the most notable programs in Minnesota is the Three Links Care Center in Northfield that includes Independent senior living, board and lodging, adult daycare and Alzheimer's Unit.
If you don't want to find something the best time to look is when you can't see it. That seems to be the intent of a recent ATV ditch damage survey conducted by the county at taxpayer expense.
More motorists are heading up north
There's no stronger reminder of this area's encroaching population growth than to watch the unremitting stream of vehicle traffic heading to the Brainerd lakes area from the Twin Cities.
Wah, wah, wah. I guess Peter Herlofsky thinks Brainerd should pay for county lights. Brainerd, wake up. Herlofsky rewards himself with a trip to Hawaii at taxpayer expense. Benefit to downtown?
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Preventive maintenance will keep your boat running smooth all summer
The fishing is great, the weather is wonderful and you're stuck on land with boat problems -- not a pretty picture.
Mille Lacs can be a blast for multi-species fishing
From my door step to the launch south of McDonalds in Garrison it's about 40 miles, well worth the travels as of late.
Where the wild things go
Four years ago my son Damon and I made our first trip to the Boundary Waters. We'll never forget canoeing into headwinds, navigating shallow swamps and creeks, double portaging 75-pound packs, lugging the canoe from lake to lake and, most important, the quiet evenings in the most beautiful place in Minnesota. Those days with my son were some of the best days of my life. -- Bruce Billington
Lawn-to-lake shorelines no longer are ecologically smart
Many people like to look across a beautiful lake or enjoy nature by fishing or boating. You see evidence of this on the highways heading north out of the Twin Cities on Friday afternoon. Visitor surveys note that the top reason people visit this area is to escape to natural areas.
Bug suit soon to be standard gear for exploring deep woods haunts for flowers
Beauties are blooming in the bog, but I won't be there to see them. I'm done venturing into the deep woods and wetlands until my newly-ordered bug suit arrives in the mail. While this surely is the year of the wildflower, it's also the year of the mosquito.
Indiana men cited for fishing violations on Winnibigoshish
Six men from Indiana recently were fined $5,350 for taking 92 walleyes over their limit.
John E. Knutsen
John E. Knutsen will celebrate his 100th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. July 17 at Ideal Township Community Center. No gifts please.
Jeff and Bev Berg
Jeff and Bev Berg celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary earlier this year in the Bahamas. They were married July 12, 1975, in Chokio.
Ken and Deanna Dubel
Ken and Deanna Dubel, Merrifield, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday with their family and friends at Blackwoods Restaurant in Otsego. They were married July 10, 1955.
Holly Popkes and Joseph Tisdell
Holly Popkes and Joseph Tisdell announce their engagement. Parents are Les and Ruby Popkes, Crosby, and Janice Tisdell, Crosby. An Oct. 1 wedding is planned in Deerwood.
Vern LeDoux, Brainerd, will celebrate his 80th birthday with a celebration beginning at 11 a.m. July 16 at Lum Park. He was born March 24, 1925.
Dorothy Hedlund, Pequot Lakes, formerly of rural Pine River, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1:30-4 p.m. July 17 at the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church. No gifts please.
Natasha Goedker and Jada Burt
Natasha Goedker and Jada Burt announce their engagement. Parents are David and Sherri Goedker, Brainerd, and Cheryl Suazo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Darel and Deborah Burt, Alborn. An Aug. 13 wedding is planned in Brainerd.
Kristi Barnett and Greg Lofquist
Kristi Barnett and Greg Lofquist announce their engagement. Parents are Ron and Sandy Barnett, Pillager, and Barb Nistler, Brainerd, and Gene and Shirley Lofquist, Deerwood. An Aug. 27 wedding is planned at the home of Ron and Sandy Barnett.
BRIAN AND SANDRA ASKER
Sandra Shelton and Brian Asker were married May 21, 2005, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji with the Rev. Wayne Shelton and Pastor Dean Nelson officiating.
Liz Badger and Mike Scofield Jr.
Liz Badger and Mike Scofield Jr. announce their engagement. Parents are Robert and Celeste Badger, Baxter, and Linda Scofield, Germantown, Wis., and Mike Scofield Sr., Wyoming. An Aug. 6 wedding is planned at St. Francis Church in Brainerd.
Sarah Nelson and Mike Munsterteiger
Sarah Nelson and Mike Munsterteiger announce their engagement. Parents are Chuck and Pat Nelson, Brainerd, and David and Karen Munsterteiger, Brainerd, and Betty Munsterteiger, Brainerd. A Sept. 10 wedding is planned at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church.
Nicole Falness and Ryan Blasing
Nicole Falness and Ryan Blasing announce their engagement. Parents are Dave and Colleen Falness, Dawson, and Butch and Kathy Blasing, Brainerd. A July 15 wedding is planned in Nisswa.
Barbara J. Christenson accepted the position of pastor at Woodland Good Samaritan Village.
On a mission
STAPLES -- Passersby could easily mistake the Faith Lutheran Church building site for a campground when entering Staples' east side.
One of the many gifts coming from the Jewish tradition is a rich collection of teaching stories.
DNR receives positive report on its spending
The Game and Fish Budgetary Oversight Committee monitors how the DNR spends the millions of dollars it gets each year from hunting and fishing license fees. Last week in its annual report it found no major spending problems for 2004 and gave the DNR a passing grade.
John Deere Classic
In the Brainerd lakes area:
Honkers fly away with win
ROCHESTER -- Kyle Mura drove in all three Brainerd Blue Thunder runs including a two-run home run in the sixth inning, but it was one short of the Rochester Honkers, who defeated Brainerd 4-3 Friday in Northwoods League baseball.
Coyotes' unbeaten Owen burns Flames
The Laurie Everhart State Farm Insurance Coyotes continued on their road to a hopeful Senior softball championship with a 15-3 win over the Images by Angel Studio Flames Wednesday at Central Lakes College.
Thomas drives Bees to victory
Nate Thomas was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI propelling the Brainerd Bees amateur baseball team to a 7-3 victory over Becker Friday at Mills Field in Brainerd.
Birth of first child proves far from uneventful
The birthing classes my wife and I attended failed to prepare us for the events following our baby's arrival.
Thunder bats fail to Express themselves
Scoring runs continued to be a problem Thursday night for the Brainerd Blue Thunder.
A Vintage in mint condition
From the Vintage Golf Course to the Super Bowl and back, Eric Bounds reunited with Scott Odden on the Vintage grounds crew.
The 26th annual Brainerd men's slow-pitch softball invitational is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Park.
The Minnesota Twins will offer a free youth baseball and softball clinic 9 a.m. July 16 at Kristofferson Park in Baxter.
Hansons, Svir, Brick pace Feet for Fools run
Chris Hanson of Nisswa and Kara Brick of Brainerd were the male and female 10-kilometer winners and Baxter's Mike Svir and Kandi Hanson paced 5km divisions in the 14th annual Feet For Fools race Monday at Northland Arboretum.
She's smokin' the baseball
Jenni Smolke is 12 years old, going into seventh grade and enjoys hanging out with her friends.
On radio and television:
Brainerd Parks and Recreation
Men's MS1 Softball
Baxter Parks and Recreation
C-I graduate receives award from trainers' association
EAU CLAIRE -- Crosby-Ironton High School graduate Jeff Oliphant, assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a certified athletic trainer, will receive a 2005 Over and Above Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association's College/University Athletic Training Committee.
Bees' rally falls short
The Brainerd Bees rallied from a four-run deficit before falling 4-3 to Melrose in Lakewood League amateur baseball Tuesday.
EBay at crossroads
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jewelry dealer Michael Jansma used to be one of eBay Inc.'s biggest cheerleaders.
Smarter search engines still get stumped by trivia
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as they become more savvy, the Internet's leading search engines still sometimes bog down in befuddlement when a specific kernel of knowledge is sought.
Gene hunters flock to Amish country
STRASBURG, Pa. -- Smack dab in the middle of a central Pennsylvanian cornfield, in the heart of an Amish culture that typically shuns technology, sits a marvel of genetic medicine and science.
Switch to Intel will give Macs power of flexibility
That's an enormous shift for the Cupertino, Calif., computer firm. Since the first Macintosh shipped in 1984, Apple has shunned Intel's processors in favor of chips from Motorola and IBM, to the point of trash-talking the Pentium in its ads.
FAVORITE VACATION PHOTO
Louie Hines, son of Beverly Grondin Hines, Aitkin, caught this flying fish while vacationing on the remote island of Maraja, Brazil. He caught the fish while he and his wife Marica, were visiting her parents in March.
RVers taking scenic route all the way to Wal-Mart
That's more than $120 the owner of Emporia RV Park won't be bringing in this day as travelers choose free parking over the campsites with water, electricity, dump station and wireless Internet service Pinick and her husband are offering for $22.50 a night.
Celebrating the sweet Maui onion
Visitors to Hawaii's gorgeous Valley Island should consider keeping some handy when attending the annual Maui Onion Festival, which celebrates all things related to the beloved, homegrown, super-sweet bulbous plant.
State forecast for Iowa
Today...Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms north. Highs in the
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy...With patchy morning fog. A chance of afternoon thunderstorms northwest. Highs in the 80s. Cooler near the great lakes.
State forecast for Iowa
.Today...Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny.
State forecast for North Dakota
...Heat advisory this afternoon west...
How does your garden grow?
Weather drawing by Megan Goldberg in the Nisswa second grade of Mrs. Minerich.
State forecast for Minnesota
Today...Scattered thunderstorms spreading from west to east. Highs
State forecast for Minnesota
.Today...Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s over most of the
State forecast for S.D.
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning over the far east...Otherwise partly to mostly sunny by afternoon. A slight chance of thunderstorms over the black hills in the late afternoon. Highs around 90 in the far east to mid 90s to near 100 over the central and the west.
The Weather Elsewhere
State forecast for N.D.
Today...Mostly sunny west. Scattered morning thunderstorms
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. A slight chance of thunderstorms north central. Scattered showers or a thunderstorm far west this morning. Highs in the 80s to around 90. Cooler near the great lakes.
Weather drawing by Kayli Skinner of Mrs. Meyer's third grade class at Riverside school.
HURRICANE DENNIS COULD BRING SOYBEAN DISEASE TO MIDWEST
AccuWeather.com meteorologists warn that Hurricane Dennis, expected to strike the central U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday, could help spread a destructive soybean disease called soybean rust as the hurricane becomes a tropical rainstorm upon landfall and moves inland. Denniss high winds could carry spores of soybean rust from areas of current infestation toward the nations soybean belt, and the heavy rains accompanying the storm can create the moist conditions that are favorable to the spread of this aggressive disease.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Patchy morning fog northeast...Otherwise mostly sunny. Highs from the lower 90s northeast...To around 105 west central.
July 2 proved to be a great day for Crow Wing and Cass counties. The sixth annual Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure was held in Brainerd.
Celiac group annual picnic
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